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I speak to many students about my career in sports marketing and the advice I always give to them is based on the Confucius quote: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
That’s how I felt when, as a big baseball—and Brewers, specifically—fan, I came to work here.
It was my “dream job,” so to speak, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine my worlds would collide, and that I’d also get to work on bringing a country concert to Miller Park!
From my past posts, you’ve probably gathered that I’m a country music fan and today, I’m excited to tell you that The Corona Light Presents Kenny Chesney’s ‘No Shoes Nation’ Tour will be making its way to Miller Park on Saturday, May 18, 2013!
The bill includes Kenny Chesney, in his 20th year of touring, along with special guest Eric Church – whose new album ‘Chief’ was selected as ‘Album of the Year’ at the 2012 CMA Awards – as well as Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves.
Kenny Chesney, who’s played a country-world record 85 stadium shows in his career, makes it to over 100 with today’s announcement of Miller Park, along with 16 other stadium dates on the tour, which kicks off on Saturday, March 16 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
More ‘No Shoes Nation’ dates will be announced in the coming months, but Miller Park is currently the fourth stop on the tour and one of just three ballparks (the others are Target Field in Minneapolis and Angel Stadium of Anaheim).
“I believe what we’ve created on the road is something special,” says Chesney, “the fans, myself, the band, the crew. But it’s really the fans who have given us a wonderful, unique life. What we’ve all built together is the ‘No Shoes Nation.’ There is no better name for this tour.”
Kenny’s previous 10 tours have each reached more than 1.1 million fans across the country.
“Kenny Chesney has a long track record of being one of the industry’s most popular touring artists, and we’re proud to have Miller Park included on his tour’s itinerary,” said Milwaukee Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Miller Park is not just a great place to watch baseball, it’s also a terrific concert venue. We have hosted several major tours since 2001 and we look forward to welcoming Kenny and his fans to this very special event.”
For those keeping score at home, this isn’t the first time Kenny has been to Miller Park; he made a brief appearance here back in 2010 as part of Farm Aid’s 25th Anniversary, which drew a crowd of over 35,000. Other major concerts staged at Miller Park and surrounding grounds include George Strait’s Country Music Festival (2001), N’Sync (2001), Bruce Springsteen (2003), Randy Travis (2004), Bon Jovi (2005), and Kid Rock/Sugarland (2008).
Tickets will go on sale Friday, December 7 at 9 a.m. at brewers.com/chesney, by phone at (414) 902-4000, and in person at the Miller Park Box Office. Ticket prices will be $45 for the Terrace, $90 for the Field and Loge Infield, $115 for Field, Loge Outfield and Club Level; $140 for On Field, and $235 for the Sand Bar (plus applicable service fees). Miller Park capacity for the show will be approximately 41,000.
I hope to see you there!
Brewers Announce Postseason Single-Game Ticketing Opportunity Details; Register Online Beginning Monday at Noon CT
Things have certainly been exciting around here!
Today we announced details for a Postseason Single-Game Ticketing Opportunity that will give fans an opportunity to register for the right to purchase tickets to potential individual 2012 Postseason games held at Miller Park.
Beginning Monday, September 24 at noon CT.,fans interested in registering may go to brewers.com/postseason and look for the link to “Postseason Single-Game Ticketing Opportunity.”
With inventory expected to be very limited, it is likely that only a very small number of fans will be selected to purchase tickets through this registration opportunity.
“In 2011, we had over 200,000 fans register for a similar opportunity and we were only able to accommodate a very small fraction of them,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Chief Operating Officer. “As such, we encourage fans looking for guaranteed Postseason ticket rights to contact our ticket sales office at (414) 902-HITS (4487) and place a deposit on 2013 Season Seats.”
Fans looking to ensure tickets to Postseason games at Miller Park may bypass this single game registration by placing a deposit on a Season Seat Plan for 2013.
Details on all Postseason ticket options follow:
POSTSEASON SINGLE-GAME TICKETING OPPORTUNITY
- Registration for the Wild Card and National league Division Series (NLDS) rounds will begin at 12:00 p.m. CT Monday, September 24 and will close at 11:59 p.m. CT, Sunday, September 30.
- The Brewers will conduct a random selection of winners from the pool of registrants for each of the three Postseason series. The Wild Card and NLDS winners will be notified via email on Tuesday, October 2 and will have the opportunity to purchase up to four (4) tickets to one (1) game of the Wild Card OR NLDS, while supplies last.
- While registration for the Wild Card and NLDS will close on September 30, it will remain open for the National League Championship Series and World Series. Winners for those two rounds will be selected from the pool of registrants at later dates. Registrants (including winners of previous drawings) will be eligible for each drawing.
- All 2012 Postseason tickets purchased for individual games through Brewers.com will be “print at home.”
- There is no charge to register for this opportunity, and additional rules and information are available at brewers.com/postseason.
GUARANTEED RIGHTS TO POSTSEASON TICKETS
- The first option is for fans to purchase a Full Season Ticket Plan for the 2013 season. Fans who select this option will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets to ALL 2012 Postseason games at Miller Park, including the World Series (while supplies last).
- The second option is for fans to purchase a 20-Game Plan for the 2013 season. Those who choose this option will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets to all 2012 Wild Card, NLDS and NLCS games at Miller Park (while supplies last).
- Fans interested in either one of these two options can visit brewers.com/postseason or call (414) 902-HITS (4487).
We just sent this press release out and I thought I would post it here as well since I feel like it is a pretty hot topic lately. I hear from a lot of people who want to attend Brewers games at Miller Park, but can’t due to peanut allergies. Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger has heard those stories as well and the Brewers are ready to do something about it in 2012. Read below for details on Miller Park’s new “Peanut Controlled Areas” for select games during the 2012 season!
BREWERS MAKE SCHOOL VISIT TO UNVEIL PEANUT CONTROLLED AREA
MILWAUKEE – Peanuts at ballparks are as much of a tradition as hot dogs, but not for everyone. In fact, for those suffering from peanut allergies, a ballpark experience can be very difficult to navigate.
Earlier this month, Horizon Elementary School 6th Grade student Mathew Trotier wrote a letter to Milwaukee Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger suggesting the creation of an area at Miller Park for children who suffer from peanut allergies. After reviewing logistics, the Brewers today surprised Trotier, who suffers from the allergy, at his school by announcing the creation of a program that will accommodate approximately 100 people in a peanut-controlled area for three Brewers home games in 2012.
“Our goal is to make Miller Park accessible to as many fans as possible, including those with mild peanut allergies,” Schlesinger said.
The three home games are Monday, May 7 against the Reds; Thursday, July 26 against the Nationals; and Friday, September 14 against the Mets.
The peanut controlled area seating will be in Club Outfield sections 306 and 307, and tickets will be $38 each.
Tickets are not yet on sale. Additional information related to the availability of the tickets and logistics related to the area will be announced later in February.
The readers have spoken!
Far and away the biggest request that came through was from readers wanting to hear about the new scoreboard: the installation, graphics, making the display ‘pop’, etc.
Well, there is a group of people working together on this effort and that group includes Rick Schlesinger, EVP-Business Operations, Teddy Werner, Sr. Director-Business Operations, Aleta Mercer, Vice President-Entertainment & Broadcasting, Cory Wilson, Coordinator-A/V Production, Kathy Schwab, Sr. Director of Marketing, Jeff Harding, Sr. Graphic Designer, and me.
There is also one more person in that group–a very important person as he is the guy who will be responsible for operating that new scoreboard.
Although you may not know him by name, Deron Anderson, our Director of A/V Production, has a hand in many other areas that directly impact your in-game experience, from highlight reels and music clips to the stats that are displayed and the replays that are shown.
Top: Deron Anderson, behind Miller Park’s old video board.
Bottom: Construction begins on the new scoreboard. The whole thing will be a video board!
As you can see from these photos, things are well underway with the installation of the new scoreboard, so I tracked Deron down to find out how this offseason compares to the others he’s weathered.
Deron was hired for Miller Park and thus began his career with the Brewers in January 2001. That means that Deron, like Miller Park, is coming up on his 10th Anniversary in 2011.
In addition to being a Brewers fan, Deron is highly involved in sports overall.
In his spare time, the father of three (Michael, 11, Natalie, 8, and Scott, 4) coaches Michael’s park and recreation basketball team, is the assistant coach for Michael’s Little League team and is also the assistant coach for Natalie’s soccer team. All of the running around to different practices keeps Deron and his wife, Lynnette, quite busy, but Deron also manages to play on a men’s 35 and over baseball team as well, when time allows.
Deron is also involved in the community. When I caught up with him, he had just returned from Audubon Middle School, where the students were participating in the Connect a Million Minds event, a town hall-type internet meeting hosted by Al Gore. Afterward, in conjunction with the meeting and the school’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Program , Deron was part of a panel, speaking to the kids about the technology he uses in his career.
As Director of A/V Production, Deron’s primary focus is game production, and in that role, he certainly works with lots of different applications of technology.
The cameras Deron is referring to are separate from the television cameras. There are three static cameras on tripods, located in center field, high home and first base, along with one roving, wireless camera. In 2011, there will be a fourth static camera added, located at high third.
“The biggest questions I get are about replays and the music that is played,” Deron told me.
Deron and his staff must comply with Major League Baseball rules on a lot of what they do, following a set of scoreboard and audio system regulations known as “Bulletin D-12.” Among other things, Bulletin D-12 dictates which replays can and cannot be shown inside the ballpark.
Deron recalled an instance where this rule put him in a bind. Back in 2004, when Ben Sheets had his 18-strikeout game against the Atlanta Braves, Deron had an important call to make.
Deron noted that television does not have any restrictions on what they can show, so if you’re at a game and you’re wishing a play would be shown again on the scoreboard, if you’re near a television or in the concourse, you can always look up and see if you can catch it again.
“I like my music, but I know most people don’t,” Deron joked. “We look at what songs the local radio stations are playing, what the top songs are on iTunes and sometimes the players request songs. Most players request their own at bat music.”
“At one time, he had truck sound effects. Another time he had an air raid siren. I give him credit, some of the things he comes up with are really cool,” Deron said.
Although many of Deron’s main and most highly visible responsibilities are during the season, like the rest of us, Deron has a busy offseason ahead of him, with this one probably being the busiest of all.
Here is an example of a video that Deron put together for the end of the 2010 season.
They assist the marketing department in radio production, create highlight videos for sales staff, take care of any gameday staff hiring and scheduling and work on our two big offseason events: Brewers On Deck and Arctic Tailgate.
This offseason, however, with the installation of the new scoreboard, things are a little different.
The new scoreboard, designed by Daktronics, Inc., will be massive. The new video board features a single screen, pure 1080p high-definition display, and will be the fourth-largest scoreboard in Major League Baseball at 5,940 square feet (110 ft wide x 54 ft. high). The only larger boards in Major League Baseball are at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium (8,900 square feet), Houston’s Minute Maid Park (planned for 7,000 square feet), and Phoenix’s Chase Field (6,200 square feet). The new video board will replace the existing 1,296 square foot video board (48 ft. wide x 27 ft. high) and the 2,432 square foot matrix board. In terms of pixels, it is 2184 wide x 1080 high.
Deron and Cory will have to learn how to use the new board, as well as what will work on the larger display and what won’t. They’ve interviewed numerous animation companies and are getting set to create the new look for the board.
“There will be a lot more 3D animation,” Deron said.
“No, that just means that from a look perspective, the images will not just be flat. They will have more depth to them. So, no, you won’t have to wear the glasses. That’s stereoscopic imaging, with the glasses,” Deron clarified.
Last Thursday, United Way of Greater Milwaukee (UWGM) held its Community Campaign Kickoff at Miller Park to announce its fundraising goal for 2010.
The Milwaukee Brewers and MillerCoors were sponsors for the event and Brewers Executive Vice President of Business Operations, Rick Schlesinger and Tom Cardella, President & CEO-Craft & Import Division for MillerCoors welcomed the crowd of over 500 people that had turned out to hear what this year’s goal would be.
Fittingly, the event began with the national anthem, sung by 11th-grade student, Imani Agara, who is a participant in the United Way-funded Teen Achievers program at the YMCA of Greater Milwaukee.
Last year, 100 percent (206) of program participants graduated from high school and went on to postsecondary education. United Way of Greater Milwaukee invests over $5 million each year in successful youth development programs, like Teen Achievers.